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Sergio: One Man's Fight to Save the World

Sergio: One Man's Fight to Save the World

by Samantha Power
Sergio: One Man's Fight to Save the World

Sergio: One Man's Fight to Save the World

by Samantha Power

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Now a Netflix biopic, with Narcos star Wagner Moura playing diplomat Sergio Vieira de Mello.

"The best way to understand today's messy world is to read about the inspiring life and diplomatic genius of Sergio Vieira de Mello." –Walter Isaacson

Originally published as Chasing the Flame.

Before his death in 2003 in Iraq's first major suicide bomb attack, Sergio Vieira de Mello—a humanitarian and peacemaker with the United Nations—placed himself at the center of the most significant geopolitical crises of the last half-century. He cut deals with the murderous Khmer Rouge in Cambodia, forcibly confronted genocidal killers from Rwanda, and used his intellect and charisma to try to tame militant extremists in Lebanon, Afghanistan, and Iraq. Known as a "cross between James Bond and Bobby Kennedy," Vieira de Mello managed to save lives in the world's most dangerous places, while also pressing the world's most powerful countries to join him in grappling with such urgent dilemmas as: When should killers be engaged, and when should they be shunned? When is military force justified? How can outsiders play a role in healing broken people and broken places? He did not have the luxury of merely posing these questions; Vieira de Mello had to find answers, apply them, and live with the consequences. 

With Sergio, Pulitzer Prize winner and author of The Education of an Idealist Samantha Power offers a profile in courage and humanity—and an unforgettable meditation on how best to manage the deadly challenges of the twenty-first century.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780143117773
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 04/14/2020
Edition description: Media Tie-in
Pages: 656
Product dimensions: 5.30(w) x 8.30(h) x 1.50(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Samantha Power is the Anna Lindh Professor of the Practice of Global Leadership and Public Policy at Harvard Kennedy School and the William D. Zabel Professor of Practice in Human Rights at Harvard Law School. From 2013 to 2017, Power served in the Cabinet of President Barack Obama and as US Ambassador to the United Nations. From 2009 to 2013, Power worked on the National Security Council as Special Assistant to the President for Multilateral Affairs and Human Rights. Power’s book “A Problem from Hell”: America and the Age of Genocide won the Pulitzer Prize in 2003. She is also the author of the New York Times bestselling memoir The Education of an Idealist. Power began her career as a journalist reporting from countries including Bosnia, East Timor, Rwanda, and Sudan, and she has been named by TIME as one of the world’s 100 Most Influential People and by Forbes as one of the World’s 100 Most Powerful Women. She immigrated to the United States from Ireland as a child, and lives in Massachusetts with her husband, Cass Sunstein, and their two children.

Date of Birth:

September 21, 1970

Place of Birth:

Dublin, Ireland


Yale University and Harvard Law School

Table of Contents

Chronology xi

Introduction 1

Part I

1 Displaced 15

2 "I Will Never Use the Word 'Unacceptable' Again" 34

3 Blood Running Blue 55

4 Hitting the Ground Running 75

5 "Black Boxing" 97

6 White Car Syndrome 115

7 "Sandwiches at the Gates" 134

8 "Serbio" 159

9 In Retrospect 180

10 Damned If You Do 191

Part II

11 "Giving War a Chance" 225

12 Independence in Action 249

13 Viceroy 265

14 Benevolent Dictator 286

15 Hoarding Power, Hoarding Blame 303

16 "A New Sergio" 323

Part III

17 "Fear Is a Bad Adviser" 347

18 "Don't Ask Who Started the Fire" 374

19 "You Can't Help People from a Distance" 396

20 Rebuffed 421

21 August 19, 2003 451

22 Postmortem 496

Epilogue 517

Acknowledgments 536

Notes 542

List of Interviews 592

Index 597

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